Over the next few months, several new movies based on books will debut. I generally try to listen to the audiobook before seeing a movie. How will the latest books-to-screen adaptations fare? Will you read before viewing?
Julie & Julia based on Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (written and read by Julie Powell) and My Life in France (by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme and read by Kimberly Farr) take a candid look at the lives of the legendary Julia Child and blogger Julie Powell. Meryl Streep is winning praise as Julia Child. No interest from me here… Just not my kind of book or movie.
Taking Woodstock, based on the memoir of Elliot Tiber (read by Jim Frangione), is a look at the evolution of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969. Conveniently timed for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I might opt for the movie on this one. How can one really appreciate the music otherwise?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger (read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow) is one of my favorite books. I am sorely tempted to see the movie, but I just know that it will somehow dilute the emotions evoked by the prose. I know I will see it, and that I will probably be disappointed.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (narrated by Jerry and Linda Terheyen) is a delightful children’s book about a fantastic place where nobody worries where their next meal will come from – it simply falls from the sky.
The expanded premise for the animated movie includes someone creating an invention that causes this phenomenon, thus watering down the whole fantastical idea. We’ll stick to the book for this one.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (read by Rupert Dega) was a depressing book that will evolve into, I’m sure, a depressing movie. Why does Oprah have to pick so many books that are exhausting to read? This post-apocalyptic story of a father and son’s journey was well written and compelling, but for me, a real downer. I’ll skip this one as well.
Looks like for now I’m sticking to the books… What will you be doing?